10-15-13 NASCAR K&N TOYOTA NAPA 150, ROSEVILLE CALIFORNIA
Well it was a great race to the finish and Dylan Hutchison was in it
and fighting to the end completing all 150 laps with the leaders.
Sacramento’s 18 year old Dylan Hutchison would make an awesome
qualifying run that put him 8th in the field. It was an incredible
effort for the young gun because he’d never driven the car before
and it was an equally impressive performance by the Naake-Klauer,
Pick and Pull, Smile Office Supplies team.
dylan waltrip 2Dylan was all set to go and very excited about
starting next to NASCAR Cup veteran and Daytona 500 Champion,
The young Portuguese sensation, raised in the Sacramento area, had
decided early to make some circuits and see what opened up while
keeping the fenders on for the first 20 laps. It was laps 20-30 that
Dylan knew he was faster than Waltrip and tried to overtake the
former Daytona 500 winner. Dylan let Michael know he was faster by
putting his Pick N Pull, Smile Office Supplies nose under the
Waltrip’s Napa Filters rear bumper several times. He knew Michael
was a very savvy and experienced driver because every time he would
tap him in the rear, Waltrip was rock solid never losing control. He
also understood that he could race the NASCAR veteran hard and it
was going to be fun because Michael was able to handle the ‘rubb’n’.
When both approached lapped traffic, Dylan finally made his move
blasting by the former Daytona 500 Champion cleanly as the crowd
roared. On that lap there was a yellow flag which meant Michael got
his position back.
The crowd was on their feet anticipating some real heated action
between both drivers on the restart and that’s what they got.
Dylan knew he and his car were better and wanted to dispatch
Waltrip’s Napa Filters car dylan waltripquickly before running the
tires off. So both drivers raced very hard door to door for a few
laps rubb’n until the young gun finally got by the tough NASCAR Cup
veteran as the crowd went wild.
Dylan now had Waltrip’s teammate Patrick Staropoli driving the Peak
Antifreeze car in the cross hairs and noticed a large gap between
5th and 6th. Dylan didn’t want to be held up so he nudged him out of
the way with an easier bump than he did with the former Daytona
Champion. Because of Staropoli’s inexperience he had more trouble
controlling the car than his teammate Michael Waltrip that Dylan had
just passed earlier.
He started to close the gap when another caution flag came out. On
the restart they were packed in like sardines.
Michael Self driving the Ace Hardware, Incredible Solutions #21 car
raced Dylan very hard around the lap 120 mark. Dylan finally went by
when another caution was waved.
Dylan adjusted the car by adding some front brake which turned out
to be a bit too much. The young NASCAR driver’s car was now brake
tight and shoved the nose in the center of the corner losing forward
bite. Because the Pick N Pull, Smile Office Supplies Chevrolet was
now brake tight it caused him to give a position back to the 99 car,
Patrick Staropoli with a couple of laps to go Staropoli and Dylan
would race hard to the finish with Staropoli in the 99 car making it
just by him at the flag.
All and all the race was a good one for Dylan and the Naake-Klauer,
Pick N Pull, Smile Office Supplies Chevrolet finishing 7th. It was
the first time in such a good car and he knew there was more he
could’ve done if he had the opportunity in the car more often.
Dylan recorded the fastest lap of all the competitors on lap 40
while racing with NASCAR Cup veteran and Daytona 500 Champion,
Dylan felt he’d used the car up a bit trying to pass the former
Daytona Champion which he did twice because of a yellow flag
Dylan had a great night and the home town fans were going crazy
including the city where his Portuguese mother is from !
The Young NASCAR racer is preparing for a big effort next year
hoping for a Cup ride.
We all wait in anticipation to see what will be in the cards for the
young NASCAR racer next year.
“Special shout to the BMR Motorsports Team for the gracious
hospitality, especially Bill. Thank you for organizing such an
incredible event. It was a fan-tastic event with car shows,
fireworks and lots of hard nose racing.”